Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Few reasons why Shao's new menu is interesting! - Shao, Park Plaza, Bengaluru

This was my 3rd visit to the Hotel Park Plaza, Bengaluru and this time I was there to try some of the new foodgasmic culinary treats at Shao which is known for their Pan Asian food. Shao has come up with a new menu which is very much interesting for a person like me who love Pan Asian food.

Located at Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli, this place is very close to where I live. It's very difficult to beat the traffic and reach there on a working day. But once you enter Hotel Park Plaza, you will forget about the traffic block or the noisy locale. Shao's contemporary interiors and serene atmosphere are created in such a way that diners won't feel like leaving the place.

Park Plaza, Bengaluru is part of one of the largest group of hotels in the world; Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Park Plaza's Executive Chef, Narender Singh is experienced, very enthusiastic and a prestigious member of Chaine Des Rotisseurs; an International Association for Gastronomy. His passion for creating amazing dishes is remarkable. Shao's new menu is carefully curated by Chef Narender Singh. From starters to dim sums, vegetarian main course to non vegetarian extravagances and nouveau desserts; you will see a wide range of dishes.

Shao is the only restaurant in Bangalore where you will see women staffs inside the restaurant. Another plus point about this place is the live kitchen counter. Shao has got a very good ambience just like a mansion hall.

After settling down, we started our meal with a hot bowl of Tom yum goong soup which was spicy Prawns soup flavored with Galangal and Kaffir lime. The strong flavor from the soup was so refreshing. To settle down the spice, they served rice crackers along with the soup.

After finishing the soup, we tried some of the classic cocktails from their menu.
Dim sum

Meanwhile we got our hot-hot dim sum which was Prawns potstickers (steamed). They have a pan fried version too. By now I was impressed with their Seafood serving which was so tasty and fresh.


Wok fried Sichuan Mushroom - A spicy preparation of crispy Mushroom with Soya and Pepper sauces.

Banana wrapped Chicken - A classic Thai chicken dish made using wrapped banana leaves and served with peanut sauce.

Mongolian grilled Prawns - A lightly spicy preparation of Grilled Tigers Prawns which is marinated with Mongolian spices

Honey Chilli crispy Lotus and Potato - Another favorite of mine. Wok tossed crispy thin slices of Lotus stem and Himalayan Potato, tossed with sesame seeds. Honey and Chilli combo makes a perfect sweet and spicy starter.

Vegetarian Sushi - A Japanese Maki and Californian rolls which is prepared using rolled vinegared rice with vegetable fillings and served with Soya sauce.

King Prawns Yakitori - King Prawns cooked in Shichimi Togarashi, a Japanese spice mix. Being a die-hard Prawns lover, this starter was ecstatic. Perhaps all the starters served were good, in terms of delectable taste, quality and quantity.

Our tiny glass of hot Jasmine tea was kept on refilling when we were busy chit-chatting along with enjoying our meal. Next part was interesting as well as confusing for what to order for the main course. Be ready for spoilt for choice as they have an array of delectable Pan Asian dishes from Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, China, and Vietnam.

Main course

Pomfret Bok Choy in Sichuan Sauce, Thai Angus Beef with Chestnuts and Coriander, Thai Yellow curry, Shredded Chicken, and a bowl of Jasmine rice.

As there were no Beef takers in my table, I quietly enjoyed the Thai Angus Beef with slices of Chestnuts and Coriander along with Thai Yellow curry, shredded Chicken and Jasmine rice. Jasmine rice was bit disappointing as it lacked the Jasmine flavor. Rest all the dishes were scrumptious and filling. Pomfret bok choy in Sichuan Sauce was slightly spicy but tasted awesome.

The beautiful staff who got featured in NDTV ad

There was no confusion on the desserts. We ordered one of their Signature desserts - Date pancake with Ice cream. I liked the crunchy and gooey Date Pancake tossed with Sesame seeds served with a scoop of Ice cream.
Good friends are the biggest fortune :P

After long time I enjoyed some really nice Pan Asian food at this part of town. Thanks to the team from Hotel Park Plaza for inviting me to try the new menu. A meal for two would be ₹1800++ (taxes extra). Timings: 12.30 PM - 3.00 PM (Lunch) and 6.30 PM - 11.00 PM (Dinner).

Shao, Hotel Park Plaza
#90/4, Outer Ring Road

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